Aug 12, 2008

Our long conversation: part 3

Our first date...

I had come back to Austin with my family the weekend after the kite festival. I was busy with them on Friday and Saturday, which left Sunday for our date.

Around 3pm I met Jon at Mozart's (a wonderful coffee shop on the river). We enjoyed some tea and talked by the water. From there we headed over to St Edward's campus. They have an amazing view of downtown and it was a great place for us to walk and talk. Since neither of us was hungry for dinner yet, we decided to go walking down South Congress Ave. There are a bunch of cute shops along the way and the whole time you can see a picture perfect view of the capitol. After lots of walking we decided to get dinner at Frank and Angie's, were I showed off my amazing pizza eating skills (can you hear the sarcasm?). The slices were HUGE and I of course made a mess of embarrassing! Once dinner was over we took a quick drive to the capitol and enjoyed more walking and talking. To end the night we had ice cream at Amy's Ice Cream. The guys that work there will toss ice cream across the street and if you catch it in the bowl you get it for free...very fun to watch.

By the time we said good night it was 10pm. We had been together for 7 hours and it didnt seem like enough time. The next morning I heading back to Plano and when I got home I had a sweet email from Jon waiting for me. It said that he had fun as well and looked forward to our next date :)

Stay tuned for Our long conversation: part 4 (the first kiss)

Aug 9, 2008


Kitchen update:
Susan came and helped me with the mudding! It looks great already. I just have to paint the walls and then add the stain. I think it is going to look wonderful. Pictures will come later once everything is done.

For now I am in Galveston helping out my grandparents. My grandfather just had knee surgery about a week ago and my mom and I are here helping with dr appointments and meals. On Tuesday we will head back up to Plano where I am going to get to spend the rest of the week.

More updates later....hmm maybe the next post will pick up on Our Long Conversation: The First Date.

Aug 6, 2008

Tackling the white walled Kitchen...

Tomorrow begins the first step of transforming the white walls of kitchen to something beautiful. I have made 2 trips to Home Depot, 1 trip to Lowes and 2 trips to Walmart and I think I finally have all the materials I need to complete this project.

Susan (my mom's best friend) who happens to be the mastermind behind the wall mudding, painting and staining technique is coming in for the weekend and has graciously agreed to help me out. I used to help her when I was in college in Dallas. It has been a couple of years since I have done the technique, I am so glad she is willing to come help me out. She gets paid big bucks to create this look; I am lucky she is willing to make the trip and help me for free. :)

Here is a picture of our kitchen looks super boring since i have already cleared everything off the walls and tops of the cabinets.

Aug 5, 2008

How well do you know your spouse?

My mom is throwing a bridal shower in a couple of weeks and we were talking about games to play. This got me thinking about my bridal showers and the games we played. One in particular involved questions answered by Jon and lots of bubble gum. My mom asked me to find the questions so that we can play the same game at the bridal shower she is throwing. So after much searching...ladders...attic...boxes...I finally found the bag of questions. I was reading through them and thought this would make an entertaining post.

The rules...Jon was given the list of questions and had to come up with answers. Then at the shower everyone took turns asking me the questions, if I didn't know the answer or got it wrong I had to put a piece of bubble gum in my mouth. I think I did pretty good, but I ended up with a huge amount of gum in my mouth.

The questions...

What was the name of your best friend in elementary school?
Jon: Keith Powell
Me: I don't know :(

What is your favorite color?
Got this, black, and gray. When I got shopping for clothes for Jon I can only get shirts that are blue, black, gray, or white.

What is the last movie you saw?
Jon gave two movies (at home the Departed, and in the theater Breach). I said the Departed.

What did you do on your first date with Lauren?
Jon: We went to Mozart's for tea, then Frank and Angie's for pizza. We wen for dessert at Amy's Ice Cream, checked out the views from St. Edward's, and then I am not sure if we also walked down South Congress and around the capitol or id that was a subsequent date.

Me: (the correct order of things) "we meet at Mozart's, then went to check out the view of downtown from St Edward's. From there we walked down South Congress and had dinner at Frank and Angie's and dessert at Amy's Ice Cream. We ended the night walking around the capitol.

What is Lauren's favorite flower?
Jon: she doesn't have one, but I normally buy her something in the tulip or lily family.
Me: I don't have one, but Jon always picks out good ones.

What is the name of the last book you read?
Jon: The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
Me: something by Bernard Cornwell...the Winter King?

What color do you like Lauren to wear?
Jon: She looks stunning in any color.
Me: Um...I don't know if he cares what color I wear.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Jon: I don't have a favorite...I would like to go to England, and I really like DC and San Francisco
Me: DC or San Francisco

What is your favorite meal?
Jon: Tacos al Pastor or Chuys' Vegetable Enchiladas
Me: Spinach/Veggie enchiladas at Chuys

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Jon: No idea
Me: I don't know

Which friend have you stayed in touch with the longest?
Jon: Josh Towers
Me: Josh...I think that's right.

What is Lauren's favorite meal?
Jon: chicken crispers from Chili's or anything with creamy jalapeno from Chuys
Me: anything that Jon cooks or chicken crispers at Chilis

Where were you when you first kissed Lauren?
Jon: You mean when she first kissed me? At my house.
Me: at his house. (this is when I had to explain that I kissed him first with a bunch of gum in my mouth...thanks Jon!!)

Where in the world do you most wish to go?
Jon: England, and then maybe Australia/New Zealand
Me: England

Who is your favorite actor?
Jon: I don't really have one...but I think Mel Gibson is talented.
Me: Not sure.

What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
Jon: I will probably be working for the man.
Me: working for the man.

What name would you give your first son?
Jon: Jon Michael Dechiro the Second!! (he is totally being sarcastic)
Me: Um...William.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
Jon: I don't have one.
Me: I don't think he has one.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
Jon: Football, but not the American variety
Me: Soccer

If you could choose any city to live in, which would it be?
Jon: DC or San Francisco
Me: San Francisco

What is your favorite sport to play?
Jon: football...again not the kind with helmets or pads
Me: soccer

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for Lauren?
Jon: picnic at Mount Bonnell where she got a shiny ring to wear?
Me: picnic at Mount Bonnell where he proposed

What is your pet peeve?
Jon: Related to Lauren...she interrupts me when I am talking. Unrelated to Lauren...drivers who refuse to wait in line and try to cut in front of everyone else in traffic.
Me: probably that I interrupt him all the time or bad drivers.

What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
Jon: probably still working for the man.
Me: working for the man with a couple of kiddos?

If you could have any type of vehicle, what would you choose?
Jon: Subaru Outback XT 2.5
Me: he likes Subarus a lot.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
Jon: of all time...Pink Floyd, at the moment...Muse.
Me: of all time...Pink Floyd, and right now...Muse.

What is the most embarrassing thing that's happened to you in Lauren's presence?
Jon: It would probably be the time I knocked over and shattered a wine bottle in an Albertsons while visiting her in Dallas early in our relationship.
Me: Once he knocked over a wine bottle in the grocery store.

What is Lauren's pet peeve?
Jon: I'm pretty sure she has more than one. Hearing people eat...or maybe that is just with me.
Me: hearing other people eat!

What 3 people would you choose to be stuck in an elevator with?
Jon: I would rather not be stuck in an elevator.
Me: he wouldn't want to be stuck in an elevator at all.

What is your favorite girls name?
Jon: Lauren! :) I have always liked the name Olivia.
Me: Olivia

How did I do? 24 out of 30...not to0 bad. :) How would you do with your spouse?